The Clintons Hit New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. -- Hillary Clinton rolled out a new stump speech Sunday as she kicked off September with a two-day campaign swing through New Hampshire and Iowa.
Accompanied by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, the New York senator sought to undercut her rivals' charge that she represents a risky return to the past by arguing that she alone has the combination of experience and leadership to produce big changes in both foreign and domestic policy.
"I know some people think you have to choose between change and experience," she said. "Well with me you don't have to choose. I have spent my who life fighting for change."
Citing historic legislative victories by former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson, Clinton said, "They got big things done because they knew it was not just about the dream, it was about the results and that's what we've got to do again," she said on the grounds of the state capitol building in Concord. "We need to dream big but then we have to figure out how to get those dreams a reality in the lives of Americans."
Playing off the appeals of Barack Obama and John Edwards, she suggested that hope, inspiration and bold blueprints alone will not achieve the goal of changing course. Emphasizing the lessons learned from her nearly seven years in the Senate and her experiences as first lady during her husband's administration.
"Over the past 14 years I've learned that when you want big changes, you need to build a big consensus," she said. She added, "Even a president has to get 60 votes in the senate to pass a law, and that is a painstaking roll-up-your-sleeves process that involves a lot of preparation and just plain perspiration."
Clinton outlined four big goals for her presidency: restoring America's leadership in the world, rebuilding the middle-class and the economy, reforming government and "reclaiming our future for our children."
In his introduction, Bill Clinton said the Bush administration had reversed many of the policies that had produced record economic growth during the 1990s. Hillary Clinton attacked the administration for producing a "yo-yo society: they pull the strings and expect the rest of us to dance to their tune."
Concord was the first of three stops in New Hampshire on Sunday. On Monday, the Clintons will fly to Iowa for rallies in Sioux City and Des Moines.
-- Dan Balz
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